Australian manufacturing champion ZIVOR Group acquires JGC Components and D-Flector brand

ZIVOR Group accelerates manufacturing with JGC Components Acquisition and announces ambitious expansion into USA by 2024.

In a bold move signalling renewed faith in Australian manufacturing, the ZIVOR Group, headed by industry leader Barney Sharma, has acquired JGC Components, the global industry leader in frontal protection systems for caravans, boats, and jet skis including the brand D-Flector.

The Zivor team behind th acquisition of JGC Components, manufacturer of the D-Flector
The Zivor team behind th acquisition of JGC Components, manufacturer of the D-Flector.

The acquisition, handled via Maxwell & Higgs, a company under ZIVOR Group, enriches the group’s portfolio and extends their expertise in the manufacturing sector. Known for designing and developing turnkey projects for defence, oil & gas, and mining industries, ZIVOR Group’s latest move underscores its commitment to Australian manufacturing and innovation.

Barney Sharma, a well-respected professional with a diverse commercial background in automotive, defence, CRE, telecom, and logistics sectors, has taken the helm as managing director.

Mr Sharma founded the ZIVOR Group in 2014 and has consistently championed Australian manufacturing, fostering innovation and technological advancements in various industries. Joining him in this new venture are Nora Bari, appointed as Head of Engineering & Manufacturing, and Martin Reukers, who will serve as Chairman.

Ms Bari brings 23 years of manufacturing and product engineering experience from her tenure at Toyota Motor Corp Australia. Mr. Reukers, a financial industry stalwart and partner at Redconnect, adds financial acumen to the high-powered team. Scott Howell, the former managing director of JGC, will be continuing his association with the company in a role focused on product innovation engineering, ensuring that D-Flector continues to lead the market in this sector.

Nora Bari, appointed as Head of Engineering & Manufacturing
Nora Bari, appointed as Head of Engineering & Manufacturing

Speaking about the acquisition, Mr. Sharma said: “This strategic move aligns perfectly with our ambition to strengthen and expand local manufacturing. JGC Components is an Australian success story with innovative proprietary designs and processes, and we are excited to bring their patented technology under the ZIVOR Group for our customers worldwide.”

He further added, “Our focus will be to expand the product range, including catering to niche Australian defence projects, and ambitiously aiming to take the company to the USA in 2024. This is just the start of an exciting journey.”

The ZIVOR Group’s new acquisition will continue to manufacture in Australia, maintaining the commitment to the local economy and contributing to the country’s strong manufacturing industry. With this investment, it is positioning itself as a serious player in the sector, while leveraging its capabilities to cater to the global market.

In a manufacturing landscape that has often seen jobs move offshore, the move by the ZIVOR Group is a welcome one. By reinforcing the Australian manufacturing sector, it is not only investing in Australian talent and innovation but also in the future of the industry as a whole. ambitious plans underscore the viability and strength of Australian manufacturing on the global stage.